16107Answers to Unanswerable Questions By Swami Sivananda
- Mar 13, 2008When and why has God created the world ?
Why were we created and put to this miserable and pitiable plight ?
How did Avidya (ignorance) arise in us ?
When did Karma begin ?
How could Avidya (ignorance) or Maya exist in the Supreme Absolute Light ?
Why did the formless assume forms ?
Why is there evil in this world ?
Questions like these are Ati-prasna or
transcendental queries - for which you
will not get an answer even if you rack
your brain for million of years. Answers
to these questions cannot be understood
with your intellect. You can understand
it only with your intuition.
It involves the understanding of the Ultimate
Principle, the Intelligence that is behind
and beyond these questions, the Cause of all
causes, the Subject of all objects. It cannot
be known as object. And, when the subject
(Self or Atman) knows Itself, speech and
thought cease. The questioner and question
vanish in the quest. The doubt disappears in
the doubter. In that Supreme Silence, the problem
is inexpressibly solved! The riddle is solved;
but speech is baffled - and the question remains
If a small son questions his father, "Papa, how
did you procreate me ?", what answer will Papa
give ? He will simply say, "Wait. When you become
a man, you will understand this point". This is
exactly the case with new aspirants in whom the
Light is trying to shine forth. Do not put the
cart before the horse. Don't bother about why
creation came into being, but try to know the
Creator! Take creation for what it is and try to
transcend it. This is wisdom. Trying to probe
intellectually into the mystery is only buying
There is no 'Why ?' in respect of transcendental
matters. 'Why ?' is only for worldly things. Reason
is finite and frail. God only knows the 'Why ?'.
Realize the Atma. Then you will get the answers.
Then you will know the origin and nature of EVERYTHING.
At the present moment, apply yourself to solid
Sadhana (spiritual practices) in earnestness
and remove Mala (impurities like lust, greed,
hatred, anger, jealousy, etc.), Vikshepa (the
tossing of mind) and Avarana (veil of ignorance).
Do not enter into vain discussions and arguments
on such matters.
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